June 26, 2008

UPDATED: Frederick makes it official

A recruiting process that began early in his high school career wrapped up in a little over three days for Walworth (Wis.) Big Foot offensive tackle Travis Frederick.

After attending Wisconsin's second high school camp this past weekend, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect picked up an offer from the Badger coaching staff, the fourth in-state offer extended in the 2009 class.

On Wednesday, Frederick took another tour of the campus and was able to speak with advisors in the engineering department, as well as current athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Thursday morning, before he headed off to work, Frederick officially become a member of Wisconsin's current recruiting cycle.

"Last night I just got the chance to sit down with my parents and go over all my options," Frederick told BadgerBlitz.com Thursday night. "We just knew it was the best place for and we went ahead and made the decision."

Frederick informed first-year offensive line coach Bob Bostad, his primary contact during the recurring process, of his decision this morning.

"He was very excited and he said it was a good choice," said Frederick, an all-state performer on both sides of the ball as a junior. "He said he was just as excited to have me commit today as I am to be a Badger."

Currently, Frederick anticipates playing offensive guard at Wisconsin and feels he stacks up well with fellow verbals Ryan Groy and Zac Matthias.

"I do know Ryan Groy, he's a great athlete and I think I stack up real well against him," said Frederick, who also had offers from Air Force, Navy and North Dakota State. "When talking with Coach Bostad, he thinks that I stack up well with Ryan, too, so that was encouraging to hear.

"Knowing that I'm going to play guard and those two will probably start at tackle, it's nice to think down the road how the future of our line could look."

With his decision now made, Frederick can focus on his senior season and try to improve upon a 10-1 junior campaign that ended in the second round of the Division 4 state playoffs.

"It's definitely a relief. I feel like I made a very good decision and I don't have to think about it anymore," he said. "There were nights that I'd stay up and just think about where I'd be playing in college, but that's all in the past now. I can focus on my senior season and after that, I know I'll be at a great university after I graduate."

With a 4.1 GPA, Frederick plans on majoring in engineering mechanics once he arrives on campus.

"Academics were huge in my decision," he said.

Wisconsin now has four in-state verbals in the 2009 class: Frederick, Groy, Jordan Kohout and Shelby Harris.

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